At Sanya Foreign Language School Kindergarten, our JK students started our inquiry into Sharing the Planet by creating a survey to inquire into what kinds of rubbish we could find in our very own kindergarten. Before our survey, we watched videos and looked at pictures of different kinds of rubbish such as plastic, paper and metal. Afterthis, we walked around school observing and documenting what we found. The students were so interested and they asked many different questions such as, “How did this rubbish get here?” and, “What can we do about it?”
Following this exploration, we started our inquiry based on our central idea: There are alternatives to discarding our rubbish. The students inquired into different kinds of waste such as plastic. They reflected on how they could reuse this waste, thus reducing it overall. The students decided to make a poster to be displayed at school in order to encourage other students and parents to recycle their waste. Along with this poster, the students made their own rubbish bins and placed them in the lobby of the kindergarten for everyone to use.
We inquired into alternative methods of reducing waste such as composting and we even had a soil scientist visit the kindergarten to talk with us. For Earth Day, we planted trees at school in the hope of encouraging and inspiring future classes and students.
We took action by going on field trips and we organized a beach clean-up day. We gathered all the rubbish and made a large piece of art to show everyone that we can make beauty out of waste.
Through all of this exploring and inquiring, the students gained a deeper understanding of our key concepts: responsibility, form and causation.
At the end of our inquiry theme we organized an auction to sell our artworks, all of which were made from reused materials that we collected. The money that we raised was given to a top charity to be used in the conservation of our beautiful island that we live on.
Throughout our transdisciplinary theme inquiry, the students were principled, risk-takers, inquirers and communicators. They also developed the communication skills, research skills and self-management skills. We hope that you have enjoyed our journey and exploration with us! We understand that a one time auction may not be enough for the whole Earth to recycle. However, the changes that we made, the attitude that we chose, and the awareness that we developed can make a big difference to the world.
We would like to give our sincere thanks to all of our parents and the community for their support of the children’s inquiry and public welfare.
The JK year level of Sanya Foreign Language School Kindergarten will donate all the money to 51Give Socially Responsible Development Center for the purpose of environmental protection. We will post an official publicity notice with the charity’s confirmation to ensure the donation has been issued correctly.